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Central Bank Museum (Museo del Banco Central)

Patria btwn Avenida 6 de Diciembre y 12 de Octubre, Quito, Ecuador
593 2 220 545
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Ranked #11 of 103 attractions in Quito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Art Museums
Owner description: This unique museum combines the science of archaeology, cultural diversity and high technology through innovate slide shows and permanent exhibits... more » Owner description: This unique museum combines the science of archaeology, cultural diversity and high technology through innovate slide shows and permanent exhibits including gold artifacts, colonial paintings and sculptures. « less
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Omaha, Nebraska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I wish I had been able to spend more time at this museum! As a student of history it was very interesting to see and read about the Pre-coloinal history of Ecuador and the region. There are hundreds of beautiful artifacts and all of the placards are in Spanish and English. There is a section on Pre-colonial history and a... More

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Parksville, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This museum and its collection of artifacts from ancient times and cultures is one of the very best we have ever seen. It also gives a very fascinating explanation of the development of art, culture and the evolution of the use of metals other than gold and silver. we have seen many museums in Mexico, Peru, Chile etc and this... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I was delighted to learn about pre Incan archaeology from this museum. The primary artifacts are pottery, and this area was divided by groups of people. Some were incredibly beautiful! The written explanations (Spanish and English) were informative. The lighting was not always great, and the level of services is less than you'd get in wealthier countries, but I felt... More

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San Francisco
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44 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We chose to visit this museum as it was within walking distance of our hotel. This was a very smart decision. It is housed in a vast mirrored building, in a complex of arts buildings, aside the park. The staff was welcoming and spoke multiple languages. We had been warned that there was little English in this museum, this is... More

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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I was surprised, and pleased at the depth of the collection of artifacts in this free museum. The museum is divided into 3 general areas: pre-Colombian artefacts, inca gold and other precious metals, colonial art. I found the colonial art section pretty boring, but that's probably just because I have no real interest in art from that period. However, it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The place could be modernised with audio explanations So while the exhibits are fascinating as a real insight into the origins of the area the museum fails due to the lack of detail etc

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wooloomooloo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A fascinating museum collection - who'd have thought? Can be crowded with school kids during the week, but this shouldn't put you off visiting.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A brilliant introduction to Ecuadorian culture, right from prehistoric archaeology to the present day. Spread over three floors in the Casa de la Cultura, you need to give the museum a couple of hours. If you run out of time, the lower floors are better than the smaller upper ones. Level 1 has both the archaeological section and the gold... More

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Ridgway, Colorado
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The bank has an excellent collection of old coins from well back in time, but sadly we do not speak Spanish and had a difficult time trying to understand most of the exhibits.

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Raleigh NC
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35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

First of all, make sure you find the RIGHT museum; the Museo Nacional or Central Bank Museum is NOT located in Old Town. There is a smaller museum of the same name in Old Town, and it primarily has coins and currency. This one is located on Patria...not far from the Hilton Hotel. Even the staff at my hotel was... More

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